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Allison Harris MPP '06 is recipient of APSA award for best dissertation in the field of public law

Allison P. Harris MPP ’06 was awarded the 2017 Edward S. Corwin prize for the best dissertation in the field of public law.

The Corwin award is for the best doctoral dissertation completed and accepted during that year or the previous year in the field of public law, broadly defined to include the judicial process, judicial behavior, judicial biography, courts, law, legal systems, the American constitutional system, civil liberties, or any other substantial area, or any work which deals in a significant fashion with a topic related to or having substantial impact on the American Constitution.

She is presently an assistant professor in the Political Science Department at Pennsylvania State University. Her research is in the subfield of American politics with specific focus in the areas of judicial politics, the criminal justice system, state politics, representation, and political methodology. Allison received her doctorate from the Department of Political Science at the University of Chicago in 2016, and she spent the 2016-2017 academic year as a postdoctoral research associate in the Department of Politics at Princeton University.

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